SHOWER - POWER
SUZANA MILINOVIC & RUFUS VAN DEN BAN TU DELFT (NL)
Bilyana Asenova, Csongor Egyed, Orestis Nikolaidis Férenczy, Ábel Kiss, Zsófia Kőműves, Natalia Liput, Jonathan Schweizer, Veronika Toldi
The idea was inspired by last year’s Hello Wood, where the architects had to work in the sun, and desired something refreshing to cool themselves down. They decided to look for the balance between working and chilling out. They wanted to show a different answer to the predictability of architecture, doing it in a way that during the work the building team can chill as well. Their shower-installation helps the architects to relax after the hard work. Its particularity comes from the fact that wood is not waterproof, so water comes from every possible direction. Because of that they started to build the installation from the top. The leaking water creates little streams, which are collected in little wooden objects, which help the people to cool down themselves. In creating Shower - Power it was a special quest that it was built based on the ideas of 10 different architects reflecting to each others thoughts.
Working in the open sun in July, for hours straight, things get hot and sweaty and you really need something to cool down. What better way than to dip in a bath of fresh water?! To provide this basic service we came up with some bathtubs on top of each other. You can have a refreshing bath and meanwhile enjoy the landscape. It sounds simple but it is really hard to get the wooden boxes watertight. This seems to be a problem but then it could also be an interesting challenge. Why not try to turn this disadvantage into an advantage? Let the problem be the guiding theme of the design process. Just let it leak!
We start with a bad roof and then follow the leaks to catch the water in the tubs. The shape of the project will be determined by the flow of water. Meanwhile the members of the team have to decide on the function of the tubs; will it be a solo bathtub, a terraced waterfall, a look out post, a footbath, et cetera. The experiment is to avoid planning. Let’s be bold and let the plan go. We would like to challenge the balance between the fore-thinker and after-thinker, the Prometheus and Epimetheus.
The circumstances will determine what the pavilion will look like. Go with the flow! Perhaps that sounds passive, but the opposite is true. It asks from all the participants to be super creative, innovative and flexible.
Rufus van den Ban (1980, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Suzana Milinović (1970, Sisak, Croatia) are both earned the master degree in architecture at the TU in Delft and worked for HP Architects (Rufus still does). Since 2007 they are back at the Faculty of Architecture in Delft, now as guest teachers, visiting critics and research assistants for the departments Architecture of Interiors as well as for Landscape Architecture. In 2005 they founded the Rotterdam based office OPVIS. In their projects, they try to involve all kinds of different participants-‐ they see art and architecture as an act, rather than something finished. By incorporating research, education and art in their work, Rufus and Suzana explore the boundaries of architecture.